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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D has arrived - first shots!

My Canon Rebel XTi 400D arrived back on Tuesday. I opened up the box pretty quickly, but I did not get to test out the camera at all because of business travel up to the bay area this week. It was hard to manage as this is the first non P&S (point and shoot) camera that I have ever owned and I have a lot to learn.

No surprises were in the box, although one thing seemed to be missing from the kit. There was not the token 32MB compact flash card. This is probably one of the few times that I appreciate not getting something in the box. Both my Powershot G7 and my Powershot SD800IS came with a 32MB SD card, which is a waste -- you can get a total of 10 pictures maximum on those.

Putting the camera together was quick and easy as I connected the EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II lens to the body. I had read some comments about the plastic-like feel made the lens feel wobbly and cheap. I did not get that impression -- it seemed to reflect a similar build quality to the body itself. Still, I would not want to drop the camera on the lens.

While I was able to fool around with it in the evenings around the house, today was the first real opportunity to take a few shots in the daylight. Luckily the weather cooperated here in Southern California with a sunny day. After looking for a suitable place, we settled on CSUCI (Cal State Channel Islands) -- formerly known as Camarillo State Hospital - State Mental Institution -- yes, the Hotel Calfornia. It's located a little less than 5 miles from my house, here in Ventura County.

So with that as the location, here are the first pictures that I shot with the camera. All photos were shot in fully automatic mode, hand held (without tripod). Larger pictures of the thumbnails can be viewed by clicking, however Google's Blogger reduced the size of these Canon Rebel XTi photos down to 1600x1200 from their original size. However, you'll still get the picture. ;-)

The Bell Tower at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). Original dimensions 3888 x 2592, size 3.62 MB, ISO speed: ISO-400, exposure time: 1/400 second, F-stop: f/16.
The Bell Tower at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI).  Original dimensions 3888 x 2592, size 3.62 MB, ISO speed: ISO-400, exposure time: 1/400 second, F-stop: f/16.

Ashley & Luey in the courtyard next to the Bell Tower. Original dimensions 3888 x 2592, size 5.39 MB, ISO speed: ISO-400, exposure time: 1/320 second, F-stop: f/14.
Ashley & Luey in the courtyard next to the Bell Tower.  Original dimensions 3888 x 2592, size 5.39 MB, ISO speed: ISO-400, exposure time: 1/320 second, F-stop: f/14.

Cactus garden in the center circle in front of the Bell Tower. Original dimensions 3888 x 2592, size 6.15 MB, ISO speed: ISO-400, exposure time: 1/250 second, F-stop: f/13.


I was very pleased with the way the pictures turned out, they are pretty close to what I expected from this Canon Rebel EOS XTi 400D. The main adjustment for me was looking through the viewfinder on the camera again. I have gotten very accustomed to looking at the LCD screen as a larger viewfinder.

I also took a number of pictures to compare to my Canon Powershot G7 camera as well as the Powershot SD 800IS. The premise for the purchase of this camera was that the XTi produced much better pictures. I will be running a comparison in an upcoming post that looks at differences between automatic modes, ISO settings, and others. Stay tuned.

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